Asteroid 21 Lutetia at 3μm: Observations with IRTF SpeX
We present observations of Asteroid 21 Lutetia collected 2003-2008 using the SpeX instrument on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) covering 2-4 μm. We also reevaluate NSFCam observations obtained in 1996 (Rivkin, A.S., Lebofsky, L.A., Clark, B.E., Howell, E.S., Britt, D.T. . Icarus 145, 351-368). Taken together, these show deeper 3-μm band depths (of order 3-5%) in the southern hemisphere of Lutetia, and shallower band depths (of order 2% or less) in the north. Such variation is consistent with observations at shorter wavelength by previous workers (Nedelcu, D.A. et al. . Astron. Astrophys. 470, 1157-1164; Lazzarin, M. et al. . Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 408, 1433-1437), who observed hemispheric-level variations from C-like spectra to X-like spectra. While the shallowness of absorption bands on Lutetia hinders identification of its surface composition, goethite appears plausible as a constituent in its southern hemisphere (Beck, P., Quirico, E., Sevestre, D., Montes-Hernandez, G., Pommerol, A., Schmitt, B. . Astron. Astrophys. 526, A85-A89). Mathematical models of space weathered goethite are most consistent with Lutetia's southern hemisphere spectrum, but more work and further observations are necessary to confirm this suggestion. © 2011 Elsevier Inc.
Rivkin, Andrew S.; Clark, Beth E.; Ockert-Bell, Maureen; Volquardsen, Eric; Howell, Ellen S.; Bus, Schelte J.; Thomas, Cristina A.; and Shepard, Michael, "Asteroid 21 Lutetia at 3μm: Observations with IRTF SpeX" (2011). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1350.